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Dean, School of Global Policy and Strategy

Recruitment Period

Open date: September 18th, 2020

Last review date: Sunday, Jan 3, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Wednesday, Mar 31, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The University of California San Diego (UC San Diego) invites applications for the position of Dean of the School of Global Policy and Strategy. The Dean reports directly to the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and works closely with leaders across campus to advance the collective goals of UC San Diego. UC San Diego has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. The Dean is responsible for the recruitment and retention of a diverse community of scholars and charged with maintaining an inclusive environment where all can thrive.

The next Dean of the School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS) will succeed the current Dean who is retiring from their position after a prolific term spanning nearly two decades. As its chief academic and executive officer, the Dean works collaboratively both within GPS and across other academic and administrative units to create a unified vision for the School and provide strategic leadership to advance its overall quality, reputation, stature, diversity, and aspirational goals.

The Dean oversees an operating budget of $27 million, 59 staff, and 53 faculty members. Direct reports to the Dean include Associate Deans for Faculty and Students and Assistant Deans for Academic Programs and Marketing, and Finance and Administration. The Dean’s office also includes an administrative staff focused on admissions and career services, communications, executive education, academic personnel and human resources, information technology, School budgeting and administration, research centers, and student affairs. The Dean co-supervises the Senior Director of Development assigned to GPS and works closely with the Campus External Relations/Development Office to engage alumni and cultivate major gifts in support of the School’s teaching, research, and public service programs.

The Dean oversees and manages GPS, with responsibilities including (but not limited to): recruiting and retaining distinguished scholars and exceptional teachers, recruiting outstanding students; managing promotion and tenure guidelines for faculty; managing the allocation of the School’s fiscal, human, and capital resources; and maintaining an effective administrative structure to support the School’s programs and activities. The Dean also provides academic leadership to the faculty for graduate degree programs, executive education, joint degree programs with other campus units, and for the School’s role in undergraduate education. The Dean also plays a critical external role by building strong connections in the broader local, national, and international policy community and by maintaining productive relationships with alumni, trustees, and donors to enhance visibility and successfully fundraise.

Working in collaboration with exceptional and committed faculty, staff, and students, the new Dean will join a nimble, entrepreneurial academic enterprise, internationally recognized for its focus on Asia and the Americas and its rigorous analytical methodologies, in one of the most globally-minded regions and universities in the country. The successful new Dean will guide the School into its next chapter of influence and impact in an increasingly challenging and complicated political and social landscape, both in the U.S. and around the globe. The current relevance of the School and its programs could not be greater. This is a remarkable opportunity for the next Dean of the School to leverage the resources of one of the world’s great universities to do great good.

Applicants must have:
-A terminal degree in a relevant field, however possession of a PhD is strongly preferred.
-A distinguished record of teaching.
-A distinguished record of research.
-A distinguished record of professional service.
-A demonstrated commitment to academic excellence, and a vision towards the future for the School of Global and Strategy.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, CV, and a Statement of Contributions to Diversity via UC San Diego Recruit at: before the closing date. Applicants should apply by November 16, 2020 to receive maximum consideration. The Search Committee will review candidates and will continue until the position is filled. This search is being managed by Isaacson, Miller; inquiries, nominations and referrals can directed to Alanya Green at

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment, UC San Diego requires all candidates for academic appointments with tenure or security of employment to complete, sign, and upload the Institutional Reference Check release form entitled “Authorization to Release Form” into RECRUIT as part of their application.

The University of California San Diego is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Diversity is a defining feature of the University of California, which embraces it as a source of strength. Differences —of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, socioeconomic status, abilities, experience and more —enhance the university’s ability to achieve its core missions of public service, teaching, and research. UC welcomes faculty, staff, and students from all backgrounds and wants everyone at UC to feel respected and valued.

Job location

La Jolla, CA

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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Authorization to Release Form - Applicants must complete, sign and upload this form. See Institutional Reference Check ( for more information.